What Your Contractor Thinks Of You
Well yesterday an electrician's forum linked the post, and I've been getting hits continuously ever since. So in case you're interested in what contractors think of us, the people who pay them, take a gander. Interestingly only one poster seemed concerned about what having 7 of 8 electricians blow off appointments, fail to return calls, or deliver plainly ridiculous estimates says about their profession. In fact, the moderator had this to say:
...but it is obvious that the op in that blog is a pita and extreemly self absorbed.I'm not sure how this guy figured out what the job cost--perhaps he's psychic. As for the rest...most preferred to cherry pick our comments. Ridiculing us is apparently more fun than addressing any issue the post raised.
He honesty believes that there should be a line of electrical contractors waiting to answer his call to install a few crumby heaters for next to no pay.
I would probably be the guy who estimated double the rest. Then I would go back to work happy to konw that he will never call me back.
The rest of them were self-centered, egotistical self appointed minor league electrical gods. With that kind of customer relations, they will probably be left at home, playing with their own wires.
The guy who thinks that he's too important to do the "little measly job" of installing some heaters is obviously far to important to do the job of being the electrical contractor for the large development I'm building across town.
Plainly ridiculous on the Internet.
Mr_Blog: Thanks! As I said I was wondering 'bout that.
Graeme, that link was worth about a hundered hits over two days. I can't believe they thought I wouldn't notice. I'm a traffic voyeur.
As we speculated in the earlier post: Perhaps there's so much work around...
It's funny how academic principles of economics fall flat on their face when they walk out the door into the real world. Supply and demand? Take a number. We'll get to you when we're ready, and when you go down the street to our competition, they'll tell you the same.
Having been through the Internet bust, I know from experience that what saves your ass when there are no jobs to be found is your contacts and your reputation. Price means nothing. Service means everything.
Seriously, though...if I were in that sort of job, I would start from the assumption that anyone calling me needs to get something done, and not call them PITAs just because they act like they need something. Just saying.
I bet these contractors are the first to whine that their business isn't doing so great, either!
Hill...probably. We've already got another job for electrician number eight.
John... I definitely hear you, but I just don't have the time or the ambition. Nothing but admiration for do-it-your-selfers, though.
Here's your problem-- you're calling an electrician. Wrong move.
That is HVAC/R work. Call an a/c company.
Shoot me an e-mail with address, and you receive a Honeywell programmable thermostat, free of charge: